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Local News: September 22, 2023

– Health insurance costs for Cortland County employees, retirees may rise – Cortland County retirees and employees may see their health insurance contributions rise by 10% in 2024. The Cortland Voice reports the county is facing a $1.3 million gap in the 2024 budget. The insurance increase would close that gap.  The legislature is set to vote on the resolution at their September 28 meeting. – State mandates push Tompkins County budget up – Tompkins County’s 2024 budget recommendations were presented to the legislature earlier this week. County Administrator Lisa Holmes submitted the $254 million budget includes a 2% tax levy increase. It also contains increases of several million dollars because of state…

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LISTEN: Memories of Lost Cat, Gavin Mahoney

By Celia Clarke

The Ithaca artist known as Lost Cat died in April. His name was Gavin Mahoney and he was 55. Mahoney was best known for the many stick cat figures he painted around the city. Shortly after his death friends, admirers, and fellow artists put on a memorial art exhibition. And in July, a sculpture was installed downtown in his memory. I spoke with a few of his friends at both events. Here’s some of what they said about Mahoney’s life and how they will remember him.

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LISTEN: Interview with Dareth Glance, New York Department of Environmental Conservation Director, Region 7

By Celia Clarke

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation divides the state into nine regions. Dereth Glance is the new Region 7 Director. It covers Onondaga, Tompkins, Cortland, Chenango, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, Tioga, and Broome counties. Glance most recently oversaw the DEC Environmental Remediation, Materials Management, and Mineral Resources divisions. Before joining the DEC, she served…

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CREATIVES: Quintron and Miss Pussycat [AUDIO]

By Felix Teitelbaum

Felix Teitelbaum interviews New Orleans-based artists Quintron and Missy Pussycat on August 24, 2023. They’ll be appearing in Ithaca at the Cherry Arts, Sept. 11. The show is a benefit for WRFI. You can learn more about the duo and get tickets to the show here.

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This Week on The Scene: Desiree LeClercq on the Battle for Workplace Democracy at Starbucks

By Chantal Thomas

In this week’s episode of The Scene, international labor law expert Desiree LeClercq breaks down the 2023 National Labor Relations Board proceeding that held three Ithaca store closures by Starbucks to be in violation of federal protections for organizing workers, and discusses the larger contexts in national and international worker rights.

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Local News: August 28, 2023

By Celia Clarke | August 28, 2023 | Comments Off on Local News: August 28, 2023

– Trumansburg Asks Public for Comment on Draft Short-Term Rental Law – Residents of Trumansburg can now review the village’s draft short-term rental law. The announcement from the Village’s Comprehensive Plan committee says the proposed law would require permits and registration of units as well as fire and building inspections. A public forum will be…

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Local News: August 25, 2023

By Celia Clarke | August 25, 2023 | Comments Off on Local News: August 25, 2023

– Steuben County Residents Warned of Possible New Scam – Residents of Steuben County are being warned of a possible scam. The Sheriff’s Department says someone may be posing as a county Board of Elections employee. A person went to an Urbana area home, said they worked for the Board of Elections and asked for…

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Local News: August 24, 2023

By Celia Clarke | August 24, 2023 | Comments Off on Local News: August 24, 2023

– Corning, Inc. Agrees To $150,000 Settlement In Federal Sex Discrimination Suit – Corning, Inc. will pay $150,000 and meet other conditions to settle a federal sex discrimination lawsuit. The suit was brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the EEOC. It alleged that the company failed to promote female machine operators in its…

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Local News: August 23, 2023

By Celia Clarke | August 23, 2023 | Comments Off on Local News: August 23, 2023

NOTE: This first item is about suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis please call 988. – Ithaca College Announces Death of A Student – An Ithaca College senior died by suicide last week. Tyler Scerbo was 22. The Ithacan reports he was a member of the Track and Field team and…

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